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Gunmen kidnap gold miners, demand N100m ransom

Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

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The Detectives of Osun State Police command yesterday said it is trailing the kidnappers of Mr Musbibau Adepoju and his driver reportedly kidnapped along Ilesa – Osogbo road.

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen  abducted the  gold miner and his driver while on their way back from the mining site.

The police Public Relations officer, SP Yemisi Opalola said the police detectives are already on top of the matter assuring that the victims will regain freedom soon.

The gold miner who usually operates within gold mining communities around Ilesa, is based in Osogbo alongside his family members and he was said to be on his way home before he was waylaid and kidnapped by the men of the underworld.

It was gathered that the driver was conveying his principal in an excavator caterpillar to Osogbo from Ilesa before the incident happened.

It was further gathered that the kidnappers had contacted the family of Adepoju and had demanded for the sum of N100 million before he could be released.

“Alhaji didn’t return home on Friday and this kept us worried. We waited till Friday night but didn’t hear from him. We called his phone number repeatedly but he wasn’t picking his calls.

“It was on Saturday morning that we got a call from one of the kidnappers who asked us to bring the N100 million as a ransom for his release. We became more worried because we don’t have that money. We have been praying ever since for his unconditional release,” a source said.

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